Searching Movie Review

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Release Date: 31/08/2018

Genre            : Thriller, Drama, Mystery

Cast               : John Cho, Debra Messing, Alex Jayne Go

Director           : Aneesh Chaganty

Duration          : 1 hr 42 mins

Language        : English

Indian-origin filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty’s feature film debut is a gem of a high-concept thriller with human emotions at the heart of it. The film reflects on the biggest irony of our lives – loneliness and human disconnect in times of online connectivity. Searching has one of the most soul-stirring opening scenes that leave you teary-eyed. It brilliantly touches upon us coping with life and loss in times of digital isolation.

When 16-year-old Margot (Michelle La) goes missing without a trace, her widowed father David (John Cho) resorts to analyzing her behavioural pattern on social media and tracks her digital footprints to decode what could have happened to his daughter. David joins the investigation led by Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing). Small films can leave a deep impact and this is one such incredible story that addresses the most pertinent question of today, whether our need to document our lives on social media is a boon or a bane? Chaganty infuses technology in a classic whodunit, to give us a taut mystery that unfolds on computer and phone screens.

This innovative storytelling technique makes you a part of David’s search operation instead of being a mere spectator. Huge credit goes to the actors especially John Cho, Michelle and Debra Messing. The film will change the way Asian American actors are presented in Hollywood films. This novel way of narration exceeds expectations and delivers a good thriller worth your time. Searching is a true game-changer in every sense of the word. Do not miss this at any cost.